Every now and then, conflicting reports come out about how we should eliminate certain food types and food categories because they can cause weight gain (yes, we are talking about carbs and fats). Also, when it comes to dieting, there are two sections of people – one which advocates inclusion of a particular food group and the other section which recommends eliminating the same group in order to lose weight. But there’s no dispute about a macronutrient, which everyone unanimously agree, is an indispensable part of daily diet, especially when trying to lose weight – yes, protein! Experts say ideally every meal should have one source of protein on it, and when struggling to lose weight, just increase the protein intake. This macronutrient not only builds muscle mass, it promotes fullness and satiety, curbs appetite, boosts metabolism, and amplifies fat burning. With so many benefits associated with increased protein intake, you may want to ditch high-calorie snacks and switch to high-protein snacks instead. Did we already mention that by having something high in protein, you boost satiety hormones and keep the hunger hormones in check, which in turn means that you will be less likely to binge and eat extra calories through the day. So, here we list out 7 best high-protein snacks to boost weight loss.
1. Pistachios: All nuts, whether it’s almond, walnut, pistachios, hazelnuts are considered weight-loss friendly because they have a good amount of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and other essential minerals, but the nut with the lowest amount of calories is pistachio. These delicious nuts have antioxidants, vitamins, and curb intense cravings for unhealthy food. There’s about 20 gm of protein in 100 gm of pistachio nuts.
2. Carrot and Hummus: A good source of protein, a cup of hummus made with chickpeas and carrot sticks to go along makes an amazing snack, and an awesome pre/post workout meal. The quickest way to make hummus is to take a garlic clove, some olive oil, red chilli powder, boiled chickpeas (chhole), salt and pepper and blend them in blender till thick and pasty! You can add lemon juice to get a sharp taste and dip carrot wedges for a satisfying mini meal. You can get up to 10 gm of protein in 100 gm of homemade hummus.
3. Apple and Peanut Butter/Almond Butter: These yummy butters are a good source of healthy fats and with apple wedges, they just taste so amazing, not to mention how healthy this combination is. You can also make peanut and almond butter at home by blending roasted peanuts/almonds in a blender until they come to a buttery consistency, that’s it! Peanut butter can give 25 gm protein/100 gm and almond butter can have 21 gm protein/100 gm.
4. Grilled or Baked Paneer: Don’t we all know paneer aka cottage cheese is a great source of vegetarian protein? By grilling paneer, you can have a snack that has 18 gm of protein per 100 gm.
5. Homemade Protein Bars: Though store-bought proteins claim to be healthy, they may have added sugar, flavours, emulsifiers, preservatives, etc. You can make energy bars at home by roasting half cup rolled oats, a few de-seeded dates, 4 tbsp peanut butter, and shape them into bars or ladoos, and feel free to snack on them whenever hungry.
6. Greek Yogurt Bark: High in calcium and protein, you can make a yummy treat by freezing Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a few nuts together. You can also have Greek yogurt with fresh fruits like strawberries and apple slices.
7. Roasted Chickpeas: This has to be the yummiest snack – whether you want to increase intake or not, you cannot just stop at a few. You would be glad to know that there are 18.64 gm of protein in 100 gm of roasted chickpeas.
Summing up, the best way to lose weight is to eat right and healthy, most importantly, follow a good diet program like Rati Beauty diet, and exercise consistently.